Cody Feechan Interview: “Never for a second did I think I would manage to break into the official iTunes Chart”

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Following on from being named as the ‘Home Grown Talent’ winner at the Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards 2019, Scottish singer and songwriter Cody Feechan now looks to continue her upward ascent as she delivers her latest sweeping single ‘Free Falling’.

Stepping into the sweet and lofty footsteps of other soaring artists such as Gabrielle Aplin and Billie Marten, her latest release has been quickly racking up support throughout her homeland and afar with its bright and atmospheric tones, coupled with her bold yet powerful vocals.

So with Cody back on the scene, we caught up with her to find out what brought her to this point and where she plans to go from here.

Hi Cody, how are you today?

I’m really good thank you. It has been an exciting week following the release of my new single ‘Free Falling’, things seem to be going great!

For those who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you best describe your sound? 

I would probably describe my music as alternative rock with a touch of pop. I always find it hard to pinpoint an exact genre for my music as I think every song I have done so far is so different. But personally I think that is a good thing. It keeps people guessing what sort of sound is coming next.

And what artists have influenced you most over the years? 

I have always loved someone who was different and has a unique voice. I grew up listening to the likes of Janis Joplin, she had a big influence on my music. I absolutely love the coarseness to her voice. I also love John Mayer, I think he is such a talented singer-songwriter. Foy Vance is another amazing singer-songwriter. The tone to his voice is just tremendous.

You have just released your new single ‘Free Falling’. Can you tell us how this track came about? 

I wrote this song about a year ago. I was quite proud of this song as soon as I wrote it and I had a good feeling about it from the start. I took it forward to the band and together we developed it into something pretty big. I was supporting a band last year and they had a saxophonist in the band, John Burgess, and he said to me if I ever wanted a saxophone in any of my songs he would do it for me. I have always loved the saxophone so I knew then that I was going to make it happen in my next single. There was mixed reviews from the band members about having saxophone in ‘Free Falling’ but I went with my gut and I think it totally paid off!

I am completely over the moon with the response from ‘Free Falling’. It broke into the Official iTunes Chart on the first day, never for a second did I think this would happen. Everyone’s support has been amazing.

Are you planning on making it part of a larger release, such as an EP or album in the months to come? 

There are definitely plans to get back into the recording studio however under the current circumstances with COVID-19, everything is a bit up in the air at the moment. I am using this time wisely though to write plenty more material.

Aside from the new music, what other plans have you got in 2020? 

I had such a busy and exciting summer of gigs and festivals but unfortunately due to the current circumstances most of these have been either postponed or cancelled. I had my first headline gig with the band arranged for May which had to be postponed, ticket sales were going great for this. I have a provisional date for this to be rescheduled however I will need to wait and see when things settle first before announcing this.

I have Party at the Palace on Sunday 9th August as well as Gig in the Goil on Sunday 1st November. I will also be playing at Reid Hall in Forfar on Saturday 19th December supporting Skerryvore and Manran. There are other gigs and festivals which have not been announced as of yet, you can keep an eye on my social media pages for these announcements.

And finally, what has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

As a Scottish musician you always dream of playing at those iconic Scottish music venues. I have had the privilege of playing at both King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on a few occasions as well as playing at The Barrowlands Ballroom. I have to say these were definitely highlights of my music career. Also, never for a second did I think I would manage to break into the official iTunes Chart, it was honestly the most amazing feeling seeing my name in the charts with all those big artists. I managed to get to Number 6 in both the Singer-Songwriter Chart and the World Chart on iTunes and then I somehow managed to break into the Official iTunes Chart and reached 168. This was definitely my biggest achievement!

Cody Feechan’s latest single ‘Free Falling’ is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it below.

Listen on Apple Music

Chris Bound

chris bound

Chris bound is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre and editor at Mystic Sons PR, a Music Promotions company based in London.

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